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... and deep drilling holes.

West Germany has given the go-ahead for a 14-kilometer hole to be drilled in either the Black Forest or the Upper Palatinate district beginning in 1988 German geophysicists are especially interested in using the hole to study the stresses that have developed over the last 600 million years in the European crust from the interaction of the American, African and Asian plates.

German officials also recently visited the United States to discuss the possibility of cooperation, such as sharing technical know-how, between the drilling programs of the two countries. The United States'Continental Scientific Drilling Program is just getting up to speed, with a number of sites now being considered for future drill holes. Other nations with deep-drilling programs include Canada, South Africa and the Soviet Union, which so far has drilled a 12-km hole--the deepest to date.
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Title Annotation:14-kilometer hole to be drilled in West Germany
Publication:Science News
Date:Jul 6, 1985
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